A formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial, a funeral service often provides a sense of closure to family and friends. Your faith or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, but you may want to personalize other elements of the service. At a funeral service, a casket or urn is present. You may choose to have the casket open or closed.
Visitation, Wake or Viewing
Held the night before or immediately prior to the funeral service, the visitation, also called a wake or a viewing, provides a way for family, friends and acquaintances to pay respects and offer condolences to the family. You may want to decide to have an open or closed casket should one be present.
Memorial or Tribute Service
At a memorial service, a casket or urn is usually not present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together to celebrate the life of your loved one. In this time of loss, the family can depend on us to provide compassion, understanding and respect.
A graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to burial of a casket or urn, and usually consists of final remarks, prayers or memories. The service may occur after or in place of a funeral service. There’s no one, right way to plan a funeral service. Each funeral should be as unique and memorable as the life it honors.
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Whether you’re planning for yourself or for a loved one, the funeral service is one of the most important elements of a person’s final arrangements. With the opportunity for great personalization, the funeral service can truly reflect the uniqueness of the life it honors.
Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or for cremation, the funeral or memorial service fills an important role.It can:
- Honor, recognize and celebrate the life of the deceased
- Allow friends and family to say their last good-byes
- Provide closure after the loss of a loved one
- Allow friends to console the family of the loved one
In general terms, a funeral is a gathering of family and friends after the death of a loved one that allows them the opportunity to mourn, support each other and pay tribute to the life of the deceased. We strive to help you create a memorable ceremony of dignity and respect.